sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Definition of supper

1a : the evening meal especially when dinner is taken at midday
b : a social affair featuring a supper especially : an evening social especially for raising funds a church supper
2 : the food served as a supper eat your supper
3 : a light meal served late in the evening

Examples of supper in a Sentence

I always enjoyed our Sunday night suppers. It's almost time for supper. We took a walk after supper. I had too much wine at supper. He didn't come home for supper.
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Recent Examples on the Web In their new habitat, the elephants have developed more natural behaviors and gotten stronger, thanks to a sandy floor surface and an overhead food distribution system that compels them to reach for their supper., "11 animal personalities you have to meet at the Milwaukee County Zoo," 23 Dec. 2020 By tradition our supper on the Friday of the first weekend is meatloaf. Star Tribune, "As times change, hunting cohort needs women," 28 Nov. 2020 About the time the annual Cotton Bowl was headed to halftime, the cabbage was set out on the supper table, right there alongside a steaming pot of black-eyed peas and a cast-iron skillet of cornbread. Matt Young, Chron, "I didn't eat black-eyed peas last New Year's and look how 2020 turned out," 31 Dec. 2020 While converting the former Bar Brigade into Myriel, chef/owner Karyn Tomlinson is running a weekend-only takeout operation that offers a Saturday supper and a super-casual Sunday breakfast. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 22 Jan. 2021 This sweet-and-savory sheet pan supper uses bone-in chicken breasts along with seasonal pears. Washington Post, "A week’s worth of healthful recipes to jump-start your cooking in the new year," 2 Jan. 2021 For generations, its dining room has been a traditional holiday supper destination, with families gussied up for the occasion, while the bar was the de facto home base for politicos and French Quarter bohemians alike. Ian Mcnulty,, "Tujague’s, second-oldest New Orleans restaurant, reopens in new French Quarter home," 24 Dec. 2020 Cheesy, zesty pulled pork nachos are the ultimate appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday or speedy supper for any night of the week. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Pulled Pork Nachos," 6 Jan. 2021 After supper, Lenker stood in the door of the trailer, holding up a glass of bourbon, and offered sincere thanks to everyone who had helped her fix it up. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Adrianne Lenker’s Radical Honesty," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of supper

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for supper

Middle English soper, from Anglo-French super, from super to sup — more at sup

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The first known use of supper was in the 13th century

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28 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Supper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of supper

: the evening meal
chiefly US : a social event especially for raising money that takes place in the evening and includes a meal
chiefly British : a light meal or snack that is eaten late in the evening


sup·​per | \ ˈsə-pər How to pronounce supper (audio) \

Kids Definition of supper

1 : the evening meal especially when dinner is eaten at midday
2 : refreshments served late in the evening especially at a social gathering

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